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Maundy Thursday
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Maundy Thursday

The Middle English word Maundy, used only in this context, derives from Old French mandé from Latin mandamentum (commandmentdo vobis'' "a new commandment I give unto you" (John xiii:34), words spoken by Jesus to the Apostles after washing their feet in preparation for The Last Supper.

The day has also been known as Sheer Thursday, due to the idea that it is the day of cleaning (schere) and because the churches themselves would switch liturgical colors from the dark tones of Lent.

Outside English-speaking countries it is universally known as Holy Thursday.

See also


See also: Maundy money

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